Gromfest glory for local lads
The Southern Cross School K-12 student, who lives at Lennox Head, came second this week in the Rusty Gromfest 16-and-under boys' division surfed at Lennox Main Beach.
On finals day on Tuesday, he surfed under big pressure, having to hit the waves four times.
That's a big effort for a local boy who has proved he has got what it takes to mix it with the best in the world.
Doing so well in Gromfest, which follows his NSW Scholastics title last year, will mean everything to him.
Ellis Ericson, from Byron Bay, was the winner of the 16 and under boys' division.
This was an epic year for Gromfest, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year.
Contestable 1m surf was on offer consistently for the competitors over the weekend.
And hundreds of people came down to check out the action.
Grommet surfing reached new heights.
In the four-day event, junior competitors constantly pushed their limits, in the quest for Gromfest glory.
The Kiwis were a force to be reckoned with.
And this year the girls have once again proven that they can mix it with the best.
Gromfest is a highly rated contest with the most radical and powerful junior female surfers fighting to the finish.
The girls surf like pros with style and grace as well as explosive turns, and impressive talent.
The boys and girls in the 14-and-unders were outstanding performers, proving to be some of the best in the competition.
Proving that size is no barrier, the tiny 12-year-olds had their turns timed to perfection on the walling right-handers.
With the support of family and friends, the tradition of grom surfing families gets bigger and better each year, and Gromfest is no exception.
Because the contest finished on Tuesday, and I've had a very busy weekend as an organiser, there'll be a full wrap-up of Gromfest in next week's paper.